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Filing your taxes

When Can You File Your 2021 Taxes?

If you’re like most people, you’ll have to file taxes in 2022 for your 2021 income. Filing your taxes early can help you to receive your refund earlier. Here’s when you can file your 2021 taxes and how to plan ahead.

When can I file my taxes?

The deadline for filing federal income tax is generally April 15. If you’re wondering when you can file your 2021 tax return, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) typically starts accepting tax returns in mid- to late-January each year. Due to COVID-19, the IRS didn’t start accepting 2020 tax returns until February 12, 2021.

That being said, you can still prepare to file your 2021 taxes earlier by gathering the information you need—such as your W-2 and other important tax documents. Tax professionals can also help you get your return ready to go in time for tax season.

Not sure if you’ll need to file a 2021 tax return in 2022? You can check with the Tax Pros at Jackson Hewitt.

Benefits of filing taxes sooner

You may have until April 15 to meet your federal taxes deadline, but there are numerous benefits to filing earlier. Consider the following advantages:

  • Direct deposit could shorten the time it takes to receive your refund. Time is money, and the earlier you get your money, the more opportunities you have to put it to use. A tax refund that’s invested in March, for example, can earn more interest than one you invest in June. File your tax return electronically to get the fastest tax refund by requesting direct deposit to your bank account. This can shave weeks off the time it will take to receive a tax refund check in the mail.
  • If you’re working with a tax professional to file your taxes, you’re more likely to get the appointment you want. The closer it gets to the tax deadline, the more quickly appointments get filled. Schedule your appointment as early as you can to ensure you’re able to meet with a tax professional when you want.
  • Identity Theft is on the rise. The Insurance Information Institute reported a projected increase in losses from identity theft cases to rise from $502.5 billion in 2019 to $721.3 billion in 2021. The earlier you file your 2021 taxes, the less time an identity thief has to file a fake tax return under your name and steal your tax refund.

What do you need when you file your 2021 taxes?

Before you begin filing your taxes, gather all of the documentation you’ll need to successfully complete your filing. Information you need in order to file your taxes include:

  • A copy of your 2020 tax return
  • Social Security numbers or Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers for you, your spouse, and any dependents
  • Documentation and receipts for your 2021 income, including:
    • Social Security benefits
    • Unemployment compensation
    • Income and expense receipts for your small business or farm, if applicable
    • Income and expense receipts from rental property and royalties
    • K-1s from trusts, estates, subchapter S Corporations and partnerships, if applicable
  • W-2s for annual wages
  • Form 1099-INT for any interest income
  • Form 1099-G for certain government payments such as unemployment compensation
  • Forms 1099-DIV for dividends and capital gains distributions received from stocks, bonds and mutual funds
  • 1099-R for distributions from pensions, annuities, retirement or profit-sharing plans, IRAs and other types of retirement plans
  • Form 1095-A (Health insurance Marketplace Statement) prepaid amounts for your health insurance purchased through your state’s Marketplace

"Not sure what documents you need to bring? A tax pro can help you determine which forms apply to you. Rest assured that many forms will be sent to you automatically by January 31 of the tax filing season. For example, employers are required to send W-2 forms by January 31.

Ready to file your 2021 taxes?

When you have the paperwork you need to file your 2021 taxes, there are plenty of tax filing options available to you. Locate a Jackson Hewitt Tax Pro in your area. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you file your taxes as soon as possible.

 

This content is for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as professional tax or financial advice for any specific individual tax situation. Taxpayers should always consult a qualified professional for individual guidance. This information constitutes a solicitation under the Treasury Department’s Circular 230. Most offices are independently owned and operated 

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